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What are the causes of the pain in an anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury?

What are the causes of the pain in an anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury?

Swelling/bone bruise: Initial pain after tearing your acl is due to 3 main reasons. 1) bleeding from the tear fills the knee exerting pressure on the capsule which is very sensitive to pressure. 2) the forces that cause the tear cause the femur and tibia to smack together leaving characteristic bone bruises in the femur and tibia. 3) additional injuries, most commonly meniscus tears can add to the pain of acl injury. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Ligament Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is an injury 2 a ligament. They give ar joints stability. Grade i is minor, has pain, minimal swelling, & respond 2 rest, ice & elevation. Grd ii r=more pain, swelling respond slower 2 rest, ice, elevate, usually brace. 4-6 wk recovery. Lig has been stretched & may have torn fibers. Grd iii=complete tear some do surg brace/cast 6-8 wks recov. Ii&iii= ...Read more


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What could cause anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury ?

What could cause anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury ?

Knee hyperextension: The ACL may tear when certain movements of the knee place a great strain on the acl. Hyperextension of the knee, that is, if the knee is straightened more than 10 degrees beyond its normal fully straightened position, is a very common cause of an torn acl. This position of the knee forces the lower leg excessively forward in relation to the upper leg. Pivoting injuries of the knee with exc. ...Read more

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What does anterior cruciate ligament ACL injury feel like?

What does  anterior cruciate ligament ACL injury feel like?

Giving way: Classically people describe a buckling, twisting, or giving way episode in the knee, with a popping feeling. Sometimes the pop is audible. Commonly there is swelling, limited ability to walk, and then associated stiffness+pain; as swelling goes down, pain will go away, but instability (wobbly/buckling) feeling with quick changes of direction persists; some people have minimal pain/swelling. ...Read more

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How severe is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury?

Significant: Acl tear is a significant injury to the knee. It can significantly affect the function of the knee. Especially pivoting activities. Acl injury can occur in motor vehicle accidents, falls, and most commonly in sports. The acl can tear in an injury involving knee contact with someone or something or without any knee contact. Acl is generally fixed to restore the best possible function to your knee. ...Read more

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What causes the pain with an anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury?

What causes the pain with an anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury?

Meniscal tears.: You may have associated meniscal tears, that can be responsible for the pain. Or, the swelling of the knee itself, can be causing the pain. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury ?

Pain & Instability: Acl tears typically are painful, cause knee swelling, and cause the sensation of instability in the knee. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury?

What is the treatment for anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury?

Most choose surgery: Sugical reconstruction is the most common treatment, although some will elect to only treat with physical thearpy. When pursuing surgery there are many graft options, but despite which one the surgeon may use the procedure includes putting tunnels in the bones of the knee and threading the graft through to replace the original ligament. Trying to reconnect the ends of the original lig doesn't work. ...Read more

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How can you prevent anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury ?

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How can you prevent anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury ?

Train neuromuscular: There is evidence to show that neuromuscular training including plyometrics, balance, and technique training, as well as heightened awareness of injury biomechanics, reduce the risk of serious injury in female athletes. What specific exericises, sequence, intensity and duration remains unknown. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury and to be able to play sports?

How long does it take to recover from a anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury and to be able to play sports?

Depends: There are many variables that will effect the time necessary to recover enough to return to sports including the graft used, fixation techniques and the biases of the surgeon. Because some studies suggest return to sports prior to 9 months post surgery may increase the risk of reinjury, i prefer to have my patients wait 9 months. That is not to say some athletes have been able to return quicker. ...Read more

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What is done for an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

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Torn or sprained?: It depends on if it was fully torn or sprained. If fully torn, may need arthroscopic acl reconstruction (surgery via 'scope'). If sprained, can rehab with physical therapy and use a knee brace. ...Read more

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How do you treat an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

How do you treat an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Reconstruct if torn: Most anterior cruciate ligament injuries that are complete tears end up being reconstructed by bringing in new tissue to rebuild the torn ligament and to hopefully return full function to the knee and injured patient. ...Read more

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How long should anterior cruciate ligament injury last?

How long should anterior cruciate ligament injury last?

Depends: If a complete acl tear is not surgically reconstructed, the injury never heals back together. Sometimes without surgery, patients have enough stability to function fairly well. Surgery is performed when indicated to reconstruct the torn ligament. ...Read more

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What are the tests for anterior cruciate ligament injury?

What are the tests for anterior cruciate ligament injury?

PE and MRI: The first step is checking for an acl injury is talking to the patient about their injury and doing a good physical exam of the knee (pe). At this point, most skilled doctors will have a strong suspicion that the acl is torn. X-rays are usually done to make sure there isn't a bad bone injury. Often a MRI is obtained to confirm the diagnosis and look for other, associated injuries. ...Read more

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My son has anterior cruciate ligament injury. Is that something serious?

My son has anterior cruciate ligament injury. Is that something serious?

Would depend on trea: This would depend on treatment options you choose. The cruciate injury is a major debilitating injury that can be rehabbed to about 80% of pre injury status when properly evaluated and treated. Would suggest that he be seen by a specialist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Which is the best exercise to do after an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Which is the best exercise to do after an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Follow surgeons prog: Most acl surgeons have their own protocols that u need 2 follow. Any advice u get here may not b the same as ur surgeon recommends. Not a good policy 2 advise u as it could cause a conflict with ur surgeon ; this is not what we're here 4. ...Read more

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What are the best exercises to do after an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Hamstring exercises: The anterior cruciate ligament (acl) works with the posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) to stabilize the knee. The ACL keeps the shin bone from sliding forward (anteriorly) and the PCL keeps it from sliding backwards. When ACL is torn the shin bone will slide anteriorly. The hamstrings attach to the back of the knee and act as flexors, but will also help keep the shin bone from sliding forward. ...Read more

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How will having anterior cruciate ligament injury affect my long-term health?

How will having anterior cruciate ligament injury affect my long-term health?

Depends on multiple: Anyone with a cruciate injuriy responds differently depending on a lot of factors, like age activity/demand levels; athletic status overall and specifically the status and shape of the quadriceps and hamstring muscles and also concurrent injury to other knee structures. ...Read more

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Dr. Allen Lu
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Acl Reconstruction (Definition)

Because an acl (anterior cruciate ligament) cannot heal itself on its own, an acl is "reconstructed" by placing a graft tendon substitute (from your own or donor cadaver tendon) placed into tunnels made in the original acl position, and fixed in place with screws, buttons, or other fixation device. The body then replaces the cells and structure of the graft over 6-8 months, ...Read more


Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Ligament Injuries (Definition)

Ligament injuries run the full spectrum from being sprained to being completely torn. Sprains are routinely graded as 1, 2 or 3. Grade 1 & 2 sprains represent ligaments that are intact, but not functioning normally either by causing pain with use (grade 1), or pain and mild looseness or laxity (grade 2). Grade 3 sprains are complete ...Read more